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April 24, 2015

Deadline Driven Faith

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We found out about the opportunity to adopt our son one month before he was born. There was no time to prepare financially. Also, it was not through an agency, so our final expenses were unknown as we walked into this possible adoption. The birthmother lived in another state, so there were more costs than just a straightforward private adoption in the same city and state.   The donations that came in from friends and family were a huge help and Lifesong provided a secure, tax deductible avenue to donate.  We were amazed at how God connected us with the birthmom through friends who were friends with the birthmom’s mom. It has been a beautiful story of His sovereignty and work in our lives and in the life of the birthmom. Also, we hoped we would receive a small amount of money to help with the adoption. We were amazed by how … Continue reading

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April 22, 2015

Back to School After Ebola Crisis!

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Please enjoy this update from Liberia…  “The bell rings and the children come running to stand in line, say the pledge and start the school day. An ordinary event that takes place all over the world…but one that has not been so ordinary after all in West Africa. After months of being closed as part of efforts to stop the spread of Ebola, schools in Liberia are up and running again, including ours! Classrooms have been painted, the children have new uniforms, shoes and backpacks and teachers are once again in front of their students. The opening of schools is a huge indicator of a new spirit of hope as well as a sense of life slowly returning to ‘normal” as the Ebola crisis eases.   Students and teachers alike have had to adjust to being back in the classroom after so many months. The first period tests were given … Continue reading

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April 20, 2015

4 Simple Steps to Successful Adoption Fundraising

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I love adoption. I love it even more when families find creative ways to fundraise successfully and adopt debt-free. However, if you’re not adopting through foster care, then you already know there will likely be significant financial costs to pay before you finalize your adoption. In fact, the high cost is one of the primary reasons that less than 2% of Americans ever adopt. Fundraising for adoption can be frustrating and, at times, overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Have you ever tried to lose weight or save money without setting a goal, making a plan, or having someone there to hold you accountable? I have … and every time I failed to make any real progress. The same principles apply to adoption fundraising. Unfortunately, most families dive into fundraising without setting goals or creating a plan that will help them get across the finish line with … Continue reading

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April 17, 2015

Trusting God Through the Adoption Difficulties

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Our adoption journey has spanned over about 13 years, beginning with a conversation in a YMCA parking lot when we started dating. After years of prayer and having two biological children, we started the process of adopting from Bulgaria in 2009. We thought the process would go quickly since Bulgaria had recently reopened adoptions to the US, but that only meant they were backlogged. Four years after we submitted our dossier, we got our referral for William. He was a two year old in a well run orphanage in central Bulgaria. We quickly made plans to visit him, and did so in August of 2014. Bulgaria requires a one week visit prior to all of the final documentation and court approval. You can then travel four to six months after the initial visit. We travelled again, with our three daughters in January of 2015. We spent ten days in Bulgaria … Continue reading

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April 15, 2015

Raising Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

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“Slowly [the boys] are beginning to realize they’re getting the best…and to also give the best out of their lives.”–John & Mwila, houseparents at Zambia’s Student Life Homes    Since January, three Student Life Homes in Zambia are providing a safe environment for 39 students in the freshman class. This move gives them a place where they can thrive in a healthy, family environment away from the temptations and negative influences found in the compound where they were raised.  As expected, it’s been a bit of an adjustment for the 11 boys in John & Mwila’s home. Learning to function as a family with roles, rules, and certain expectations has taken some time to get used to for a group of boys who are accustomed to living on their own, answering only to themselves.  As you heard in their testimony, John & Mwila have not only met hardships along the way, … Continue reading

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April 10, 2015

Is God Angry With Us?

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Read along as guest blogger & adoptive mother, Suzanne Gowin shares lessons God has taught her through their family’s journey of adoption…. Because of an interview this past weekend, I was reflecting on my personal discovery of Isaiah, back in the spring of 2010. I remember with fondness a short season I had with all the kids in school (before the new ones came), chores caught up at home, and available time to spend hours in the Word. It was a season where I eagerly and purposefully pleaded, “Lord, please reveal to me your heart, so I can be more like you.” I will honestly admit that this is often not how I come to Scripture, but it truly was during that season. My journey began with Isaiah 1, where I was blown away. I had never seen language like this to describe God. God is ANGRY with his people! … Continue reading

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April 6, 2015

Joys & Struggles of Life on the Field

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Please enjoy this post from former missionary, Leslie Anne, as she shares the joys and struggles of the first months overseas… As I came up over the hill the sight before me almost took my breath away. The sun was still high and yet the colors of the sky were already changing from bold blues to corals and lavenders. In the hazy distance I saw the silhouettes of acacia trees standing tall, though from my perspective they might be no larger than a paperclip. The road I traveled on was broken asphalt, which continued to deteriorate on a daily basis, but the hills beyond the highway, with reddish dusty hues, were striking in their beauty. Somehow I hadn’t noticed this beauty before. Or had I? Never like this, though. Never with a sense of ownership or belonging, like I had in this moment. These were my hills. These broken roads … Continue reading

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